10 Homemade Air Freshener Recipes

homemade air freshener recipes

I used to be like a little kid in a candy store…

Whenever I’d visit the air freshener aisle at the grocery store.

I’d rub my hands together in delight as I perused the hundreds of brightly-colored packages begging for me to place them in my cart.

The scents always sounded so tantalizing… Island Delight, Fresh Lavender, Strawberry Fields, Boysenberry Splash.

I’d excitedly pick a few different options and hurry home to try them out in my little farmhouse…

And I was disappointed every time.

Not only did the scents never quite match their descriptions, but they smelled fake and overly perfumey… And they gave me an instant headache.

The final straw was when I found out my fake-smelling commercial air fresheners also contained nasty chemicals. At that point, I just decided to just have a boring smelling house forever…

Thankfully, I didn’t have to suffer for long.

I’ve since learned there are a myriad of ways to make your home smell cozy and welcoming, without pumping your nostrils full of chemicals.

Essential oils are my favorite trick for making this possible. As you know, I have a diagnosed essential oil diffuser addiction, and I’m always experimenting with other smelly options in my house, like my DIY essential oil reed diffuser.

These homemade air freshener recipes are awesome because:

a) They are all-natural and allow you to experience the health benefits of essential oils at the same time.

b) They don’t smell fake like commercial air fresheners do.

c) It’s cheap to mix them up.

d) You can play around with scents and find what you like the best.

e) Do I really need to give you more reasons? Just go make some DIY air fresheners already!

homemade air freshener recipes

My Homemade Air Freshener Formula

All of my air freshener recipes will fill an 8oz spray bottle. However, if you want to go gangbusters, don’t hesitate to double or triple the recipe.

The vodka or alcohol in the recipe helps the essential oils and water to mix more thoroughly, and helps the homemade air freshener to dry faster. You could omit it if you like, but I really think it results in a better end product. My favorite tip? If you don’t keep a lot of alcohol in your home, simply use vanilla extract. It adds extra punch to the recipe, and you can even make real homemade vanilla extract yourself.

DIY Air Freshener Spray Formula:

  • 3/4 cup water (I use tap water, but distilled is fine too)
  • 2 tablespoons vodka, rubbing alcohol, or real vanilla extract
  • One of the essential oil combinations below

Combine in an 8oz spray bottle, shake well, and spray as needed.

homemade air freshener recipes

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10 Homemade Air Freshener Recipes

1. Citrus Mint Air Freshener Spray

  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil

2. Sweet Lavender Air Freshener Spray

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil
  • Use 2 tablespoons real vanilla extract in place of the 2 tablespoons of vodka.

3. Summer Citrus Air Freshener Spray

  • 5 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

4. Cozy Holiday Air Freshener Spray

  • 6 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops cassia essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil

5. Flower Garden Air Freshener Spray

  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops grapefruit essential oil

6. Happy Homestead Air Freshener Spray

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil

7. Deodorizing Air Freshener Spray

  • 4 drops melaleuca essential oil (aka tea tree oil)
  • 8 drops lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil

8. Spicy Chai Air Freshener Spray

  • 4 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 3 drops cassia essential oil
  • 3 drops clove essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil

9. Woodsy Air Freshener Spray

  • 7 drops white fir essential oil
  • 6 drops cedar wood essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil

10. Get Focused Air Freshener Spray

(Ideal for when you’re sitting at your desk and need to concentrate)

  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil


  • I am a stickler for quality essential oils. The cheapie ones at the health food store just won’t cut it for me. You can read more about the brand I’ve used for 3+ years here, or find out how to purchase them for yourself.
  • These recipes are for small batches. Feel free to double or triple if you find a mix you really like.
  • These homemade air freshener concoctions make fabulous gifts, or check out my big fat list of other essential oil gift ideas.
  • You can use whatever type of water you have available- I just use our plain tap water.
  • Can you store these air fresheners in a plastic bottle? I do. At least sometimes. Because some essential oils have the tendency to break down plastic, if I am going to consume a blend, I always, always keep it in a glass container. However, since I won’t be drinking any of these mixes, I don’t have a problem sticking them in a plastic spray bottle if I’m running low on my glass spritzers.
  • However, I like these 8oz glass spray bottles (affiliate link) the best for my homemade sprays (like my homemade hand sanitizersunburn relief spray, or laundry spot remover).
  • If you don’t have one of the oils called for in a certain recipe, feel free to play around and substitute something else, or leave it out all together.
  • Give your spritzers a good shake before you spray to make sure the oils are mixed into the water.

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homemade air freshener recipes

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  1. says

    The link for the 4 oz glass spray bottle from amazon takes you to a kindle edition of a camping book. Wanted to let you know so that you can fix it. Love the post.

  2. says

    If you add a t of epson salts to the bottle, the oils will suspend better and not just stick to the sides. I keep saying I am going to make some of these. I will add it to mu list this week.

  3. says

    Your timing is perfect! My dance teacher was spraying some horrible chemical filled air “freshener” around the studio last night. (Apparently we stink up the place when we’re working hard! Go figure!) I volunteered to make an air freshener that wouldn’t kill us all… I think I’m going to try the Minty Citrus Twist!
    Thank you!!!
    (By the way, I couldn’t get the link to the labels to work. It said “page not found.”)

  4. says

    Thanks for these! I only have the lavender right now, so, that’s the spray I’m going to try! They all sound heavenly though.

  5. Penny says

    Jill…thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I am very excited to try out a couple of these recipes. Reading you from Helena, MT!

  6. Karen Bader says

    Im looking online for spray bottles and i came across aluminum ones at specialty bottle.com; think they would work as well as the glass or should i stick w glass; my concern is it falling off of the toilet and/or one of the kids breaking it. Thanks! Cant wait to try these!!

  7. says

    You can also add just a touch of liquid vegetable glycerin to the bottle to help mix the oils with the water.

  8. Miss.Fanny says

    how long would you say the shelf life is? if it isnt long, do you think adding a all natural preservative would help?

    • says

      Hmmm… since many essential oils have antibacterial properties, I’ve never had issues with these going bad. Although I don’t keep them around for years either. 😉

      • Cheryl in France says

        I inherited my grandmother’s essential oil collection when she died (I went looking for it in her cabinet- she had always made homemade sachets and potpourris with them). Most of them are still at full strength, easily identifiable by scent alone. I’d say the tangerine and maybe the spearmint are weakest, but def. identifiable.

        Oh- she died in 1996, and I know she had mpst of them for YEARS (think depression mentality- stocked up on and saved EVERYTHING) before that too…so for *fragrance* purposes, I’m saying they’re fine- I can’t say without lab testing if all the other properties are still present…

        Coolest thing is I can open some of them and feel really close to her still. Priceless.

  9. Amber says

    I saved the labels, but since it is in pdf format I can’t seem to edit it. Please help :)